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Nova Swimmers enjoy incredible success at British Summer Champs

The 2018 British Summer Swimming Championships were hosted at Ponds Forge, Sheffield between 24th and 29th July 2018. Only swimmers that secured top British Ranking times during the 3 month qualifying period were eligible to compete in these Championships and so qualification alone was something for all swimmers to be proud of.

Swimmers from the Nottinghamshire Nova Centurion swim squad enjoyed incredible individual and team successes throughout this week of competition and were duly crowned top female club and placed the overall 5th top club in Britain.   

Nova swimmers secured individual Gold, Silver and Bronze medals at these Championships whilst also winning a team Gold medal in the 14-16yrs girls 4 x 200m freestyle relay event.  

Polly Holden 19yrs was simply magnificent at these British Summer Championships and dominated the Freestyle events at 400m, 800m and 1500m distances by winning 3 Gold medals. Polly also secured a Bronze medal in the 200m Freestyle event. This success in the pool follows her recent success representing GB in Malta at the European Junior Open Water swimming championships where she finished in 4th place in only her second ever race over the 10 kilometre distance. 

Freya Colbert 14yrs had a busy schedule swimming in lots of events at these British Championships as she continues to develop as an exciting junior swimmer with lots of talent and potential. Freya won 2 Gold medals in the 400m and 800m Freestyle events and won 4 Silver medals for her efforts in the 100m and 200m Freestyle events as well as the 200m and 400m Individual Medley events.

The other Nova swimmer winning an individual Gold medal at these Championships was Sophie Pascoe 25yrs who is the most highly decorated New Zealand Paralympic Champion ever. For the past 3 months the New Zealand athlete has been living in Mansfield and training alongside fellow Paralympic Champion Ollie Hynd MBE and his Coach Glenn Smith as part of her preparation for the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games. Sophie won Gold in the Multi-Classification (MC) 50m Freestyle event. Sophie also won 3 Silver medals at these Championships in the 100m Backstroke, 100m Freestyle and 100m Butterfly events.  

The team Gold medals were won by the Nova 14/16yrs girls 4 x 200m Freestyle relay A team comprising of Freya Colbert 14yrs, Annie Pearson 16yrs , Amy Mead 16yrs and Rebecca Flisher 16yrs who qualified for the final in a heat time of 8.33.00. In the thrilling relay final they went on to win the Gold medals by smashing their heat times and stopping the clock in a time of 8.27.55. The girls were delighted with their team effort and were so proud to beat strong teams like City of Peterborough who took the Silver medals in a time of 8.30.68 and Mount Kelly A who won the Bronze medals. 

The other individual Nova medal winners at the 2018 British Summer Championships were Joseph Kingsland 15yrs who won a Bronze medal in the 1500m Freestyle, Joshua Skinner 15yrs who won a Bronze medal in the 200m Backstroke and Ollie Hynd MBE 24yrs who won a Bronze medal in the MC 400m Freestyle event.  

Nathan Hilton, Director of Coaching for Nova Centurion was super proud of all his swimmers and stated, "What a fantastic week for all swimmers, coaches, parents & supporting partners. This is the culmination of over 4 years of hard work where everyone has been pulling in the same direction to put the programme back where it belongs as one of the top Age/Youth & Senior programmes in GB.

The swimmers have been fantastic all year having bought into the overall vision and process and this has ultimately lead to some outstanding performances at British Summer Championships. In 20 years of coaching at this level I do not think I have ever experienced a meet where the whole team has performed so well.

I would just like to take this opportunity to thank all of our supporting base swimming clubs as this type of achievement would not be possible without their invaluable contribution & also pass on our thanks to all that have helped and supported us over the last 4 years.

Exciting times are just around the corner with us just having also been named a Swim England Performance Centre."

 

Below are the full results for each individual Nova qualifier 

Polly Holden won her first Gold medal in the 800m event in a time of 8.38.73. Polly then gave a masterclass in distance swimming by winning the Gold medal in the 1500m Freestyle event in a time of 16.39.72 some 23 seconds clear of her nearest rival. On day 5 Polly qualified for the final of the 400m Freestyle with a time of 4.21.46 and continued her fine form by winning the Gold medal in an improved time of 4.16.48. Polly also demonstrated her Freestyle speed in the shorter distances by qualifying for the final of the 200m Freestyle in a time of 2.02.33 then winning the Bronze medal in an improved time of 2.00.96 before also finishing in 16th position in the 100m Freestyle event with a time of 58.51. . 

Freya Colbert 14yrs had an outstanding British Summer Championships winning 2 Gold medals and 4 Silver medals. Freya won her first Gold medal in her 800m Freestyle swim with a time of 8.59.58. Freya's second Gold medal came in the 400m Freestyle final where she managed a superb time of 4.19.96 that saw an improvement from her heat qualification time of over 10 seconds. Freya's other medal winning performances at these Championships were in the 200m Freestyle where she again improved her heat time in the final to win a Silver medal in a time of 2.03.41. Freya also won her 2nd Silver medal in the final of the 400m Individual Medley in a time of 4.56.66 again faster than her heat swim. Her 3rd Silver medal came in the final of the 100m Freestyle where she swam a very quick 56.98 to once again improve her heat qualification time. Freya then qualified for the final of the 200m Individual Medley in a time of 2.23.43 and won a Silver medal in the final by improving this time to 2.20.05. Freya's busy schedule also saw her qualifying in 6th place for the final of the 200m Butterfly in a time of 2.25.01 but she would later opt to withdraw from the final of this event to focus on other swims.

Sophie Pascoe 25yrs who is New Zealand's most highly decorated Paralympic swimmer with 9 Gold medals and 6 Silver medals from her 3 Paralympic games was representing Nova Centurion at these Championships. Sophie has spent the past 3 months training in Mansfield with fellow Paralympic athlete Ollie Hynd MBE and his coach Glenn Smith as part of her preparation for Tokyo 2020. Sophie swam excellently at Ponds Forge this week and started her campaign by qualifying for the final of the Multi-Classification (MC) 100m Backstroke in a time of 1.10.51 before swimming a faster time in the final of 1.10.30 to earn sufficient points to win the Silver medal. Sophie then qualified for the final of the MC 100m Freestyle in a time of 1.01.38 and again swam faster in the final stopping the clock at 1.00.75 to gain the points required to win another Silver medal. On day 4 Sophie qualified for the final of the MC 50m Freestyle with a time of 28.57 and swam even faster in the final to finish in 1st position on points with a time of 28.04 to claim a Gold medal. Sophie then qualified for the final of the MC 100m Butterfly in a time of 1.07.21 where she again swam faster in the final to claim 2nd place on points and win another Silver medal in a time of 1.04.57.

Joseph Kingsland 15yrs finished 16th in the 400m Freestyle in a time of 4.16.10. Jospeph qualified for the final of the 400m Individual Medley in a time of 4.46.33 but was unable to improve this time in the final and finished in 10th place. Joseph won a Bronze medal in the 1500m Freestyle event in a time of 16.34.12. On day 5 Joseph finished 19th in the 200m Individual Medley with a time of 2.17.66. Joseph then finished 5th in the 800m Freestyle event in a time of 8.43.54. In the 200m Freestyle Joseph finished 18th in a time of 2.02.68.

Joshua Skinner 15yrs finished 12th in the 400m Freestyle in a time of 4.15.22. Joshua finished 7th in the 1500m Freestyle in a time of 16.56.54. Joshua qualified for the final of the 200m Backstroke in a time of 2.10.22 and won the Bronze medal in the final with a faster time of 2.09.50.

Oliver Hynd MBE 24yrs qualified for the final of the Multi-Classification 400m Freestyle final in a time of 4.31.87 and in the final swam even faster to claim the Bronze medal in a time of 4.26.37. Ollie also qualified for the final of the MC 100m Backstroke in a time of 1.07.59 and in the final swam even faster to finish in 4th place on MC points with a time of 1.06.95. 

Joseph Sadler 15yrs finished 19th in the 400m Freestyle in a time of 4.18.76  

Emma Erskine 14yrs had a great week of competition in multiple events which started with her qualifying for the final of the 400m Individual Medley in a time of 5.05.71 where she finished 7th in the final in a slightly slower time. Emma then finished 17th in the 100m Backstroke in a time of 1.08.40. Emma then finished in 7th place in the 800m Freestyle with a time of 9.22.40. Emma continued her fine form by qualifying for the final of the 200m Butterfly in a time of 2.25.90 and in the final swam faster to finish 8th in a time of 2.25.41. Emma continued her busy schedule on day 4 by finishing 14th in the 200m Backstroke in a time of 2.25.57. Emma then finished 16th in the 400m Freestyle in a time of 4.37.94. Emma  finished 23rd in the 50m Backstroke with a time of 32.28.

Livia Kingsland 13yrs finished 11th in the 13/14yrs category in the 400m Individual Medley in a time of 5.10.90. Livia narrowly missed out on a Bronze medal in the 13/14yrs 1500m Freestyle event with a huge personal best time of 17.38.29 to finish in 4th place but finished as the top 13yr old by over 28 seconds. On day 5 Livia qualified for the final of the 400m Freestyle with a time of 4.35.03 but she was unable to improve this time in the final when finishing in 10th position.

Mollie Wright 20yrs qualified for the final of the 400m Individual Medley in a time of 4.59.43 and in the final swam even faster to finish 4th in a time of 4.55.56. Mollie then finished 4th in the 800m Freestyle with a time of 8.56.14. Mollie finished 19th in the 200m Butterfly in a time of 2.26.94. Mollie then qualified for the final of the 400m Freestyle with a time of 4.25.54 and improved her time in the final to finish 8th in a time of 4.24.08.

Hollie-Mae Dove 15yrs finished in 22nd in the 50m Breaststroke in a time of 35.07. Hollie-Mae then finished 12th in the 200m Breaststroke in a time of 2.41.88. On day 6 Hollie-Mae finished 17th in the 100m Breaststroke in a time of 1.16.61.

Amy Mead 16yrs finished 14th in the 50m Breaststroke in a time of 34.42 

Cira Fletcher 20yrs finished 11th in the 50m Breaststroke in a time of 33.12. Cira then qualified for the final of the 200m Breaststroke in a time of 2.33.67 but was unable to improve on this time in the final finishing in 9th place. In the 100m Breaststroke event Cira qualified for the final in a time of 1.11.76 and swam faster in the final to finish in 7th position in a time of 1.11.37.

Jimi Knowles 15yrs finished 22nd in the 200m Butterfly in a time of 2.16.95. Jimmi then finished in 14th place in the 1500m Freestyle in a time of 17.39.86.

Cole Hewitt 16yrs finished 12th in the 200m Butterfly in a time of 2.12.88. On day 4 Cole qualified for the final of the 100m Butterfly with a time of 57.53 and was unable to improve this time in the final where he finished in 8th place. In the 50m Butterfly event Cole finished in 12th with a time of 26.71.

Merewyn Jones 14yrs finished 18th in the 200m Breaststroke in a time of 2.46.00.

Ryan Wilcox 16yrs finished 14th in the 400m Individual Medley in a time of 4.49.57. Ryan then finished 13th in the 200m Individual Medley with a time of 2.15.40.

Joshua Harris 17yrs qualified for the final of the 17/18yrs age group 400m Individual Medley with a time of 4.36.04 and in the final swam even faster to finish 8th in a time of 4.35.86.

Liam Dawson 13yrs finished 8th in the 1500m Freestyle in a time of 17.27.02.

Kris Moodley 16yrs finished in 14th position in the 1500m Freestyle in a time of 17.04.66.

Chloe Quinn 15yrs finished in 19th position in the 400m Freestyle in a time of 4.38.31.

Andrew Hall 15yrs finished in 16th position in the 200m Freestyle in a time of 2.01.95.

Below are the full results for each Nova relay team

The Nova 14/16yrs girls 4 x 200m Freestyle relay A team comprising of Freya Colbert 14yrs, Annie Pearson 16yrs , Amy Mead 16yrs and Rebecca Flisher 16yrs qualified for the final in a heat time of 8.33.00. In the thrilling relay final they went on to win the Gold medals by smashing their heat times and stopping the clock in a time of 8.27.55

The Nova 14/16yrs girls 4 x 200m Freestyle relay B team comprising of Chloe Quinn 15yrs, Emma Erskine 14yrs, Jessica Reed 14yrs and Imogen Spouge 15yrs finished in 23rd position of the 28 Clubs competing in a time of 8.56.09. For Nova to have both an A and a B team qualify for these finals shows the strength in depth of the junior girls squad.

The same 14/16yrs girls that won gold medals in the 4 x 200m Freestyle relay also competed in the 4 x 100m Freestyle event. Once again these girls qualified for the final having qualified in the heats with a time of 3.58.21 but in the final were unable to improve on this time and finished in 7th place. 

The Nova 14/16yrs girls 4 x 100m Medley relay team comprising of Freya Colbert 14yrs (Backstroke), Hollie-Mae Dove 15yrs (Breaststroke), Emma Erskine 14yrs (Butterfly) and Amy Mead 16yrs (Freestyle) qualified for the final of this event by swimming a heat time of 4.26.97 but were unable to improve this time in the final and finished in 10th place.

The Nova 14/16yrs boys 4 x 200m Freestyle relay team comprising of Andrew Hall 15yrs, Joshua Skinner 15yrs, Joseph Sadler 15rs and Joseph Kingsland 15yrs finished in 15th place with a time of 8.06.97.

The Nova 14/16yrs boys 4 x 100m Medley relay team comprising of Joshua Skinner 15yrs (Backstroke), Ryan Wilcox 16yrs (Breaststroke), Cole Hewitt 16yrs (Butterfly) and Andrew Hall 15yrs (Freestyle) finished 13th in a time of 4.06.64.

The Nova 17yrs and over boys 4 x 200m Freestyle relay team comprising of Samuel Williams, Joshua Harris, Michael McLennan and Joshua Tapsell finished in 18th place in a time of 8.02.28.